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January 17, 2024

Hawai’i Community Health Workers_ Sustainability in Pay

Introduction The goal of this report is to understand the scope of challenges and consider models for addressing Community Health Worker (CHW) employment and pay. The specific focus of this report is to evaluate funding mechanisms for CHW employment including employer-based and private insurance plans, as well as non-insurance funding sources such as foundations and grant funding; to consider the nature of such funds and understand why they are not currently sustained; to understand current CHW pay and the scope of this issue; to consider other models and pilots in practice in other localities; and to recommend options for improving funding to sustain CHW jobs and increase CHW pay in the state of Hawai’i. This report considers sustainable jobs for CHWs as consistent work within the same organization, and sustainable pay at a reasonable living wage. For the organizations, sustainable funding is understood as funding sources consistent to continuously employ CHWs with reasonable wages and benefits, such as paid time off and health insurance.
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January 17, 2024

Financial Support and Sustainability of CHWs in Hawai’i

The purpose of this report is to review the landscape of payments for CHW services used by other states, describe Hawaiʻi’s current state, and provide options for moving forward. The descriptions of the financials behind CHW payments are described in Financial Models, Program Delivery Models, and Payment Methods sections. Specifics on Hawaiʻi and stakeholder perspectives are covered in the Application to Hawaiʻi section. The final section of the report presents options Hawaiʻi should consider for putting together a sustainable CHW program.
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February 3, 2023

Community Health Worker Perspectives on Credentialing 2022

During the 2022 Hawai'i legislative session, Senate Bill (SB) 2882 was introduced. This bill intended to establish a certification program administered by the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA). The original bill received little input from CHWs and received significant testimony in opposition. As a result, the Health, Human Services, and Homelessness (HHH) committee recommended that the measure be deferred. In September 2022 the State of Hawai'i Office of the Auditor conducted a Sunrise Analysis of the Regulation of Community Health Workers. The sunrise analysis found that SB 2882 did not meet the State of Hawai'i criteria under the Hawai'i Regulatory Licensing Reform Act because "the legislation is intended to recognize and improve conditions for community health workers, not protect consumer safety". This study was intended to compliment the Sunrise Analysis by providing a CHW perspective.
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September 16, 2022

Nursing Homes Abuse

Nursing Home Abuse - What is Nursing Home Abuse? Learn more about abuse in nursing homes and also access resources related to this category.
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August 23, 2022

COVID-19 Frontline Health Care Workers Behavioral Health

The HealthWell Foundation recognizes the unmet needs of frontline health care workers during the public health crisis and the importance mental health has on their ability to cope with the devastating impact the COVID-19 pandemic has imparted on the patients they serve. Through this unique, HealthWell-sponsored fund, HealthWell will assist frontline health care workers in covering their out-of-pocket treatment-related copayments for prescription drugs, counseling services, psychotherapy, and transportation needed to manage COVID-19 related behavioral health issues. Resource List
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August 23, 2022

Meels on Wheels

At the core of the Meals on Wheels service is a nutritious meal, companionship and a watchful eye on the health and safety of our seniors. For those who have trouble getting around, we bring the service to you. For those who can still venture out into their communities, we serve in gathering places, such as senior centers and community facilities.
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August 23, 2022

Mental Health of America of Hawai’i

Mental Health of America of Hawai'i works to promote mental wellness through education, advocacy, and service. If you want assistance in getting help for mental health issues (services, programs, etc.), please call their Statewide Office on Oahu at (808) 521-1846 or our Branch Office on Maui at (808) 242-6461.

HAWAII CARES (crisis line)

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August 5, 2022

Aging and Senior Care Resources

Many aging adults are unaware of the available care options and programs that can help them maintain their independence and quality of life. A free resource is now available that provides comprehensive information on topics like financial support and in-home care options that are available in areas throughout Hawai'i.
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July 28, 2022

Find Affordable Health Insurance in Hawai‘i

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April 11, 2022

Navigating Hawaii’s Legislative Process

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April 11, 2022

The Critical Role Hawai‘i’s Community Health Workers Are Playing in COVID-19 Response Efforts

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April 11, 2022

Role and Future Directions of Community Health Workers in the Public Health Workforce

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April 11, 2022

Community Health Worker Assessment: Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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